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Time to upgrade to Ivy?

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Thread Starter 
Hello OCnet. I'm cheap and there is an unbeatable deal on some used, returned Gen 3-ready motherboards on Ebay and I am salivating at the prospect of upgrading to Ivy Bridge. This is what I have now:

CPU -- i7 950 @3.7 (due to cooling restrictions)
RAM -- 6Gb@1600 (I consistently run out of memory during Skyrim)
Mobo -- ASUS P6X58D-E
GPU -- 1x HD 6870 (waiting to see what Nvidia brings to the table)


I didn't think the upgrade to Sandy was worth the money but my 2009/10 tech isn't getting any more valuable. I'd really like to sell my CPU/RAM/MOBO while I can get a decent price for them. I think I can hold out until Haswell if I can just get some more RAM but now I just don't know.

I have a few queries:
1. My biggest quetion is, do you think Ivy Bridge will be a legitimate upgrade from Bloomfield?
2. How much do you think I could get for my current setup, minus the GPU?
3. If I do upgrade, which of these two available MOBOs should I get, if any?
a. AsRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3
b. ASUS P8Z68-V Pro


Any help will be greatly appreicated.
post #2 of 4
1. In my humble opinion, I do not believe the gains are worth the trouble (going from an i7 950 to Ivy Bridge). Also, if you plan to move to Hazwell after, I imagine that the worth of your Ivy Bridge processor will have gone down by as much as your Bloomfield rig would have.

2. What you're asking for is essentially an appraisal of your rig, and unfortunately, no appraisals can be given to users who have fewer than 35 reps. Sorry. frown.gif

3. I'm partial to the ASRock P67 Extreme4 myself, so between the two you listed, I'd go with that.

Good luck!
 
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2500K P8P67 Evo MSI RX 480 Sniper|1600 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Intel 330 Hyper 212+ Win8-x64 P2310H + P2311H 
PowerCase
CMPSU-650TX NZXT S340 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Dual-Core E-350 Radeon HD 6310M 3GB DDR3 HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorMouse
HP External BluRay/DVD Windows 7 Home Premium 11.6" LED (1366 x 768) Touch 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II 840T 880GM-LE GTS 450 Corsair XMS2 2x2GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
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Thanks for the quick reply, though I'm still quite torn. Sandy Bridge is a 30% upgrade from Bloomfield, correct? IB's transistors are less than half the size of a 950, so the yield should be close to 50% faster.

Would I be correct to assume that you mean I should wait for Haswell, then? That's the direction I'm starting to lean in.
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I can only really take a stab at your first question, but I have to guess that it's the most important one anyway.

I think it would absolutely make sense to upgrade for a couple reasons:

1. The longer you hold onto your old tech the less money it will be worth; i.e. sell while it's still worth something.

2. Though your performance increase might not be mind-boggling, it will be there, and 950s were hot chips so even on stock cooling your Ivy Bridge OC should be able to go much higher, say up to (or who knows, maybe beyond) 4.5GHz. There's a nice bump there.

3. It will also give you an excuse to bump your memory up to 8GB for next to nothing, or even 16 for ever so slightly more; could be wise to take advantage of dirt-cheap RAM prices while they last.

4. There will always be something on the horizon, some future tech goal to shoot for like Haswell, but that just reinforces the notion that it's all about the here and now--you'll face the same dilemma when Haswell comes out, and then after that, and then after that... why not be satisfied right now smile.gif
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